Saint Monica University Partners with Astrakhan State Technical University in Russia

Center for Russian Studies to Prepare SMU Students and Faculty for Research at Russia’s Leading University
BUEA, Cameroon - July 19, 2014 - PRLog -- Saint Monica University (SMU): The American International University and Astrakhan State Technical University (ASTU), today announced that they have reached a cooperation agreement that will enable them conduct and share scientific research through academic mobility programs as well as better train their students especially at the Master’s and Doctoral levels.

“As a young university, Saint Monica University will benefit from the resources and experience of Astrakhan State Technical University, a Russian state-owned university that has been in existence since 1930,” said Professor Januarius J. Asongu, President and Chief Executive Officer of SMU. “Given the focus on technology at ASTU, this partnership will be particularly beneficial to our science, engineering and technology students, especially those studying at the graduate levels, who will have the opportunity to travel to Russia for their research. However, the cooperation agreement extends to all schools of the university.”

In order to prepare SMU students and faculty to make the best of this opportunity, SMU will establish a Center for Russian Studies at the SMU campus in Buea. The Center will be directed by a leading Russian scholar and former professor at ASTU, Professor Rafael Bisaliev, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at SMU. It will be open to SMU students and faculty as well as to the outside community and will teach Russian language and culture and prepare scientists for further studies or research at ASTU in Astrakhan, Russia.

“We’re delighted to welcome Saint Monica University into our network of partner universities,” said Professor Nevalennyy Aleksandr Nikolaevich, Rector of Astrakhan State Technical University. “Our University is one of the leading institutions of higher education with a well-established reputation in the city of Astrakhan. Preserving the best traditions of Russian education, the University differs in its modern approach to the training of highly qualified specialists both for Russia and foreign countries.”

ASTU has a long history of international collaboration dating back to the 1950s. International collaboration at ASTU involves education programs for international students and specialized training for foreign nationals. Many international graduates of the University have made their way up in their countries of origin, holding high leadership positions in both public service and private enterprises.

On its part, SMU was established from the onset as an international university. In spite of its young age and being an American-style liberal arts institution, it has already established relationships with universities in Asia, Europe, and North America. Graduates of the university are also holding leadership positions in public, private, and international organizations. It attracts students and faculty from 13 countries in four continents.

About Astrakhan State Technical University

Astrakhan State Technical University is a federal funded-state university in the Russian Federation. The University is one of the largest educational, scientific and cultural centers in the South of Russia and the Caspian Region. Its Institutes and Faculties provide training for those who want to become certified specialists, and a wide range of degree courses for those interested in Fish-Breeding and Fishery, Chemical Engineering and Food Technology, Refrigeration and Technological Equipment, Ship-Building and Marine Power Engineering, Ecology and Nature Management, Marketing and Advertising, Automation and Control, Information Technologies and Telecommunication, Computer Sciences, Jurisprudence, Recreational and Cultural Services and Tourism, Biology. In a nutshell, the University offers training in more than 50 specializations, 20 major fields, various programs of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and optional programs, 30 Ph.D. and Senior Doctorate qualifications. At present, more than 8.000 students are being trained at ASTU. The total number of graduates of the University is about 32.000, including 3.000 students from European countries, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Many students of the University were awarded special grants of the President of Russia, of the Russian Government, of various international funds, of the Governor of the Astrakhan Oblast, of the Mayor of the city of Astrakhan. This proves that the level of knowledge gained by the undergraduates at ASTU is very high. The University won honors in the competition staged by the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation among higher education institutions to validate the quality of undergraduate and post-graduate training. In 2001, ASTU was awarded a special certificate ranking the university among the best universities of Russia. For more information, visit our Website at:

About Saint Monica University: The American International University

Saint Monica University (SMU) is an American-style private Christian institution, offering programs that are at the intersection of the liberal arts, science and technology. It is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social, entrepreneurial and professional development of a diverse student population. SMU is focused on the student experience and helping our students achieve their educational and career goals, and contributing to a more sustainable society.  We offer various bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees through the School of Arts & Education (SAE), School of Business & Public Policy (SBPP), School of Health & Human Services (SHHS), and School of Science, Engineering & Technology (SSET). SMU is accredited in the United Kingdom by the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges, and University (ASIC) with Accreditation No: AS22357/0614. SMU is also fully accredited in Cameroon by the National Commission on Private Higher Education at the Ministry of Higher Education with the Ordinance of Creation No: E14/0028/MINESUP/SG/DDES and the Ministerial Letter No: 14/01319/L/MINESUP/SG/DDES/ESUP/SDA/OAGS authorizing its operation. For more information about SMU, visit our website: or write to us at

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